It’s a wonderful thing, to be able to give someone the experience of a lifetime over Melbourne, Mansfield and the Yarra Valley. At Global Ballooning Australia, we’ve shared a sunrise with over 100,000 people in 35 balloons over the course of 30 years – and it never gets old. We’re proud of our safety record, and we care deeply about our guests’ experience, but for us, it’s more about the people we meet along the way and the pristine natural playground we call our office.
It’s an attitude that’s been passed onto our team by the boss, Kiff Saunders – although he’s not really the kind who likes to be called boss. A pilot and ballooning champion with 37 years aviation experience, Kiff is Victoria's most experienced balloonist, having flown for over 30 years in over 10 countries around the world (including 3 World Ballooning Championships). He’s even been inducted into the Australian Ballooning Federation Hall of Fame (bet you didn’t know that was a thing), is responsible for training many of the commercial hot air balloon pilots flying in Victoria today and holds the 'Absolute Australian Altitude Record' for hot air ballooning.
We rise before the sun almost every day of the year because we believe there’s something magical about experiencing the world from the sky. Nothing excites us more than bringing out a child-like joy in adults and a sense of wonderment in children. It's all part of a journey that’s finished by 9am, but leaves a lifelong impression.